Councilmember Cheh Statement on the ACLU’s Analysis of the “Empowering Males of Color” Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, May 9th, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (D – Ward 3) released the following statement in response to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) report on the District’s “Empowering Males of Color” initiative:

 

“It’s heartbreaking that any child should be at risk of failure and I readily applaud those who want to help struggling students. However, in our eagerness to support efforts to help at-risk boys, we unintentionally left our at-risk girls behind. Let’s look at this as an opportunity to expand our strategy and make a serious, committed investment in all District schoolchildren. The government should move forward with its program for our boys but also provide equivalent opportunities for our girls. Anything short of full equality is illegal and wrong.”

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